• Alene Bouranova

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    Alene Bouranova is a Pacific Northwest native and a BU alum (COM’16). After earning a BS in journalism, she spent four years at Boston magazine writing, copyediting, and managing production for all publications. These days, she covers campus happenings, current events, and more for BU Today. Fun fact: she’s still using her Terrier card from 2013. When she’s not writing about campus, she’s trying to lose her Terrier card so BU will give her a new one. She lives in Cambridge with her plants. Profile

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    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year. Profile

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There are 2 comments on BU Student Documents the Local Homeless Experience on TikTok

  1. This is incredible work that Myers is doing, and it’s deeply refreshing to see younger members of our community working in small ways to help combat these issues, especially in such a modern way. Boston’s homelessness epidemic is so pervasive and enduring, I doubt a day has gone by in my life growing up here where I haven’t seen at least five unhoused individuals forced to endure life on the street without any social safety nets. Worse still, the problem is so long lasting, that homelessness is practically taken as a given in our community, most painfully manifested in the common pejorative “crackhead,” frequently thrown out by Boston’s youth to our unhoused population, with little regard for their identity, history, possible struggles with addiction, and class victimization, let alone the dehumanizing affect it can have. It’s disheartening stuff, which is part of what makes Myers’ efforts so inspiring.

    Getting these voices publicized is critical, but I fear that future broader effort at combatting Boston’s homelessness crisis will be met with myriad stumbling blocks. The construction of free or even cheap housing is both expensive and politically unpopular, with essentially little will to combat these problems among the subsets of Bostonians who have accumulated enough capital to manifest real change. Instead, much of the work being done to rectify this disparity is painfully token, and ignorant of the human cost our city is constantly suffering.

    Every unhoused person in our city is just that, a “person.” Someone who, through a mix of trauma, bad luck, and systemic institutionalized oppression, have had their personhood all but stripped away. In an era where one’s essential status as human is fundamentally tied to their capacity to participate in systems of capital, the opportunities for these people to reclaim some of that socioeconomic capital are vanishingly thin. In the brutal economic landscape which, like it or not, exists all throughout our country, simple survival within the system is like walking on a razors edge, a single slip from which can never truly be recovered from.

    All of which is to say, the current status of Boston’s vast unhoused population is grim, and the work being done to support them scant. It is that absence of solidarity that Myers’ attempts to fill which makes his work so inspiring. Perhaps by addressing the systemic disparity through the lens of those at the bottom of our class hierarchy we can achieve change which will meaningfully improve the lives of these people, and work to close the vast wealth gap so many fall into.

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